SK-II Facial Treatment Oil

To say that I’m a fan of facial oils is something of an understatement. I’ve worn them pretty religiously for the past couple of years, so I jumped at the chance to give SK-II’s brand new Facial Treatment Oil!

 

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It’s a brand new release from the brand, who promise that it both nourishes and smoothes dry skin. As someone with skin that tends to feel parched far too regularly, I couldn’t even wait to try the Facial Treatment Oil before photographing it!

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Packaged in a super-chic frosted glass bottle, I love how simple and paired down it is. It looks so glamorous sitting in my little bedtime skincare set, and it’s become one of my most-loved products to use every evening (and even some mornings!).

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Like the rest of the SK-II range, the Facial Treatment Oil treats skin with the brand’s key ingredient – Pitera. It sounds like something out of a fairytale, but the anti-aging properties of Pitera were only discovered when an SK-II official noticed that the hands of men who worked in Sake production looked incredibly youthful. The result was finding out about Pitera’s somewhat magical properties, and they’ve been included in SK-II products ever since.

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The magic of Pitera is included in the Facial Treatment Oil, as well as naturally-derived Mediterranean olive oil, Latin American jojoba oil, South African avocado oil, Japanese Riceterol Ester, rice bran oil, and squalene which all work together to deeply moisturise and nourish the skin.

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As you can see, the Facial Oil is a bi-phase formula, which means before using you do need to give the bottle a little shakeup to mix everything together. Like I said, I’ve been using it nightly, pressing a few drops into freshly cleansed skin. Thanks to the bottle top, it’s incredibly easy to ration out a few droplets which I then apply all over my face, neck and décolletage.

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I just love the subtle lavender and carrot scent which is so unlike my other products. I am also completely in love with the oil’s texture. Unlike others which can feel too slippery, SK-II’s is surprisingly thicker than most, but sinks in like an absolute dream. My skin absolutely drinks it up, and if I’m looking for a dewy foundation look, I press a drop into my cheekbones for a subtle glow.

SK-II Facial Treatment Oil is priced at £102 and is available here (UK) and here (US)

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As we’re heading into spring, I’m sure, like most, I’m tweaking my everyday makeup to feel a bit brighter and sunnier. My foundation has lightened up, I’ve ditched my traditional eyeshadows, and my newest acquisition is Kiko’s Shade Fusion Trio Blush in Peach Rose.

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Packaged in a sleek silver compact, the blush looks and feels seriously luxe! The mix of three shades means that the colour is easy to tweak and adapt to your skin tone, giving the compact something of a custom feel. I’m obsessed with the formula, which feels silky soft on the skin, and it’s been enriched with Vitamin E and Argan Oil, so not only is it super pretty to wear, but it’s awesome-good for your skin too!

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Since I’m still feeling quite pale, I tend to stick to the top of the trio, although a quick swirl of a fluffy blush brush gives a seriously pretty and believable glow. As I get a bit of a tan, I can use all three shades to get a pretty pop of colour.

Kiko Trio Shade Fusion Blush is priced at £10.90 and is available here.

Too Faced La Creme Lipstick

Ok, so it’s no secret that I’m on a serious lip product binge at the moment. I’m not quite sure if it’s the change in season, the sun that’s finally peaking out, or just a weird phase I’m going through at the moment, but I just can’t get enough of lipstick. I’m not going to complain though, as it’s let me find some absolute gems. Case in point, Too Faced’s brand new, seriously pretty and pigmented La Creme Lipsticks.

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Like everything from the brand, the packaging is on point. It’s gorgeous! From the pink boxes which look like they were plucked out of some chinoiserie dream to the golden bullets, the La Creme lipsticks are not designed to be forgotten about!

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The range comprises of a rather impressive 22 shades, and I was kindly sent three to try out. They’re a great indicator of the shade range that’s available (and who doesn’t like a nude, pink and red to try?) and there has been at least one of these little gems kicking about in my makeup bag ever since they arrived!

Too Faced La Creme Lipstick topless

Topless is the shade that, probably unsurprisingly, I reach for the most. I can’t help it – I’m something of a nude lip aficionado, and this is just so pretty. Described as an apricot nude, this is one of those colours that’s going to suit everyone! On the lips, Topless gives a your-lips-but-better hit of natural colour, and I am obsessed with the nourishing super creamy formula. Rather than being a pink based nude like a majority of my lipsticks, Topless leans more to the light brown, meaning it feels lovely and current to wear.

Too Faced La Creme Lipstick Clueless

Clueless is one of those get-onto-my-face-right-this-second shades which makes me feel like I’m about 12 again. It’s the prettiest blue-based shimmery pink which makes teeth look super-white and makes me feel somewhat Barbie-esque in the best possible way! The formula of Clueless feels super rich and balmy, and I can apply straight from the tube. I got three hours of glossy colour before I felt the need to top up, and even then, when it fades down, the Lip Creme leaves lips with a pretty stain.

Too Faced La Creme Lipstick 9021OOhh

9021Ohhh is the lipstick with possibly my favourite ever name, and thankfully it’s a gorgeous colour to match! Described by Too Faced as Candy Apple Red, 9012Ohhh is your perfect, must have, searched for red. It doesn’t lean too pink or orange, so most skin tones should be able to enjoy the colour, and I’m so glad, because it is stunning! Like the other shades in the collection, the formula of the Lip Creme is an absolute dream to use – it feels rich and creamy to wear, and never dries out. The finish has the perfect amount of satin shine, and it wears for around three to four hours before I felt the need to freshen it up. Crucially for a red, it’s easy to control, and once it’s on, it’s on! There was no smudging or smearing, just a perfect red which is going to look so pretty with clear bronzed skin and neutral eye makeup!

Too Faced La Creme Lipsticks are priced at £17.00 each and are available here (UK) and here (US)

Urban Decay Afterglow Highlighter

So, Urban Decay have just released their new summer 2016 collection, and I have to say, it’s incredible. From the new products to the packaging, everything in it is the definition of covetable, and I’m absolutely in love with all of it!

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The product which is probably the one I reach for most out of the collection is the stunning Aferglow Highlighter in Sin. A take on last year’s Afterglow 8 Hour blushes, there are three highlighting shades to choose from: Sin is a neutral champagne shimmer which should suit most skin colours, Aura a pretty pink shimmer, and Fireball which is a warm red based highlighter which should add a glow to even the deepest of skin tones.

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Packaged like their namesake blushes, the Afterglow Highlighter promises to make even the most tired of complexions glow, so, as you can imagine, I was absolutely desperate to try it out!

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Sin is definitely a highlighter you can reach for daily, and I’ve been loving how easy and buildable the formula is. For day, I swirl a highlighting brush (this one) and the apply a light dusting to my cheekbones, nose and cupids’ bow. For a slightly more night-time look, I use a smaller, more densely packed brush which deposits a little more product.

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Since the powder is so finely milled, it’s easy to apply without it looking too shimmery or frosted. Instead, it blends seamlessly into skin, leaving it looking naturally healthy, glowing and perfect for summer!

Urban Decay Afterglow Highlighter in Sin is priced at £19.00 and is available here (UK) and here (US)

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To mark Essie’s 35th birthday, the brand is releasing six of it’s best loved, most missed shades. From inky navies which have inspired bidding wars on Ebay, to the perfect nudes and neutrals, the Retro Revival collection is one you seriously have to check out!

Essie Starry Starry Night

Probably the most talked about shade from the collection is Starry Starry Night. First released back in 1985, the original formula contained real diamond dust for the most delicate of shimmers. Once Essie ran out of the diamonds, the polish was no more, and you can still (sometimes) find bottles of the stuff on Ebay going for hundreds of pounds! This reincarnation is slightly less glamorous in the fact that it just has regular glitter in it, but it’s no less pretty.

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Two coats give a beautifully rich, jelly-like finish to the polish which dries to a deep navy. Since the glitter particles are a little bigger than before, you will need a thicker top coat to achieve a perfect, gel-like look, but it’s really worth it! Starry Starry Night glitters and glints in the light, and is a really fun way to wear a dark nail.

Essie Life of the Party

Life of the Party is an absolute stunner of a deep ruby. Shot through with the perfect does of shimmer, the polish is the absolute embodiment of glamour.

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With perfectly even coverage, I could almost get away with a single coat. To achieve a beautifully rich finish, I stuck with two. It has an even finish, and I can’t wait until the Festive season where I think it will come into it’s own!

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In a Bikini with a Martini might be the nail polish with the all time greatest name, and it’s a seriously pretty polish to match! Described as a frosted, iridescent pink, it’s definitely the girlies choice of the bunch, and it is a really beautiful, Barbie pink!

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With a subtle touch of iridescence, In a Bikini with a Martini can do double duty, both as a polish and as a top coat. When finishing off a regular pink manicure, In a Bikini with a Martini gives a perfect amount of sheen and glitz. On bare nails, they brighten them up, leaving them looking so pretty and glossy.

Essie Sequin Sash

Sequin Sash is the polish which is probably the biggest surprise of the bunch, as it looks so different on the nail than it does in the bottle.

Essie Sequin Sash swatchProbably the thinnest of the six varnishes, Sequin Sash is a super delicate peachy pink which is shot through with the finest silver glitter. One coat of the polish gives nails a fairy-like sparkle whilst three coats gives an almost-opaque covering.

Essie Cabana Boy

Essie’s Cabana Boy dates back to 2005 and is probably the shade that launched a million neutral nail shades. I love the super-cool taupe/mushroom shade which feels super current despite being over a decade old!

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Somewhat surprisingly for such a light shade, Cabana Boy applies like an absolute dream. It’s super smooth, and is almost opaque in a single coat. It looks like moonlight on nails, and it’s a gorgeous Spring-time shade!

Essie Birthday Suit

Probably my most reached-for shade from the line up is Birthday Suit, a must-have super nude, which is one of those polishes every girl should have.

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Three coats turned it into a super shiny, peach-toned nude which made my fingers look super long and thin (always good!) It’s the perfect choice if you’re looking for a no-brainer manicure look that’s going to keep you looking smart and polished.

Essie’s Retro Revival Collection is full of real keepers, and the bottles are priced at £7.99 each, and are available here (UK) and here (US)

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